Basic Rebounding Activities
This is the gentlest
activity. They are gentle bounces where neither your heels nor your
toes leave the mat. You bounce with both feet together. This can be
done by anyone of any age. This is great for circulating your lymphatic
fluid! Although you don't have to, it is recommended you do them in
bare feet. This activity does not raise your heart rate or respiration,
therefore you can talk on the phone, and watch TV to help pass the time.
This is also recommended to warm up prior to a more vigorous workout,
and for cooling down after a vigorous workout it helps to keep
lactic acid from pooling in the muscles. Since it isn't an intense activity,
you can do this for as long as you like; you can't overdo this activity.
And the more you do it, the better off you'll be.
Jump so both feet
leave the mat at the same time. The vertical loading of acceleration
and deceleration due to the force of gravity creates an increased G
force that each cell of the body is subject to, making each individual
cell stronger. This is known as "cellular exercise". Many
athletes use this activity to improve the tone of all the parts of the
body that are missed by other forms of exercise. Since at the top of
the bounce you are momentarily motionless, you have the opportunity
to change your body and feet positions so that you can create a "dance
routine", making your workout more varied and enjoyable.
You can raise your
heart rate and respiration with a vigorous Fitness Bounce workout. Stand
in the center of the rebounder (that's the rebounder's "sweet spot"),
and jog or run. Do it at your own pace. Try to get your knees up, occasionally
get 'em as high as your hips if you can. Before doing this vigorous
exercise, warm up with the Health Bounce for about three minutes, then
a few minutes with the Toning Bounce. After you're done running or jogging,
cool down with Toning Bounce, and then the Health Bounce. It isn't necessary
to work out for more than ten minutes to get benefits. If you sprint
(running as fast as you can), start out with your knees bent a little
so you don't accidentally lock one of your knees while sprinting...
and keep your posture straight. And remember: The more intense the workout,
the less often you need to do it.
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